Super League must be aired, Prime Minister says

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Super League must be aired, Prime Minister says

VietNamNet Bridge – On January 12, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) to rapidly settle the TV right dispute between the Vietnam Football Federation, AVG Group and the Vietnam Professional Football (VPF) to quickly serve football fans of the Super League 2012.

The Prime Minister told the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to oversee the inspection of the TV right contract signed between VFF and AVG and report the result to the PM.

He also asked the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism to quickly solve the TV right dispute to enable TV stations to live air matches of the Super League, meeting the people’s need.

During investigations, PM Dung allowed the national VTV and the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) to broadcast all matches under the management of VPF.

The PM’s instruction came after VPF sent a dispatch to the PM, asking the PM to consider and tell relevant ministries and agencies to check the legality of the contract between VFF and AVG.

In the dispatch, VPF argued that the contract is not relevant to the current law. A controversial issue is that which organizations, VFF or VPF, holds the broadcast right of football leagues.

VPF cited the Sports Law 2006 and Article 12 of Decree 112 dated 2007, to prove that the TV right of professional football tournaments in Vietnam belongs to VFF and FCs. However, VFF did not have the approval of FCs in signing the deal with AVG.

Moreover, when AVG inked the deal on December 8, 2010, AVG was a company that is only allowed to transmit and broadcast TV programs, not a television station. This firm, therefore, had no right to perform press activities and produce press works (here are football games).

Based on these points, VPF asked the Prime Minister to instruct related agencies to check the legality of the contract.

While waiting for the inspection result, this firm proposed the Prime Minister to permit the national TV station VTV and the digital TV broadcaster VTC to air football games organized by VPF.

Tran Ky

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